I wrote recently to answer a question about how to create an address book in Thunderbird. That triggered long-time subscriber Chet Norris to write about his frustration:
just read your article on creating an address book which i did and named it ‘friends.’ i put all my friends addys in there and now what comes next? how do i access the ‘friends’ address book? when i click on address book in the ‘get mail’ line they ALL show up..companies, websites, friends, and everything else…very frustrating..H E L P
In Thunderbird, when you click the Address Book button in the main program, a new window will open up to display the Address Books.
The left-hand pane of the Address Book window shows the various individual address books. Select one.
Double-click on an address to create an email to that person.
If you want to copy someone else, you have to drag-and-drop the address from the address book to the addresses section of the email.
here is a portion of my address book – i don’t have a left-hand pane
I wrote back to ask if he had deleted the other address books so that he only had one. My thought was that, if there was only one address book, Thunderbird might not display the left pane (which allows you to choose the active address book.
I also suggested that he try creating an additional address book and see if you get the address book selection window back
Chet responded that he had found a solution to his problem:
THANKS TERRY for your time..greatly appreciated.
I figured it out! i finally found the left pane by clicking view and F9
Chet’s email "crossed in the mail" with mine telling him how he could solve the problem.
I duplicated his problem (intentionally), that is, I hid the left pane of my Address Book window, and then I fixed it.
The trick was, very carefully, put the mouse pointer over the left end of the Name header, not over the edge of the window (it took me a couple tries) — you’ll get the double-ended arrow, and then to drag it to the right to uncover the address book selection window.
I tried to duplicate Chet’s solution. Strangely, I couldn’t — clicking view and F9 didn’t do anything that I could see.